This summer, VAFF join forces with two organizations, Vancouver Biennale and Chinatown Today to bring you three free spectacular outdoor screenings – Finding Kukan (2016) on Mon Aug 13, Tyrus (2017) on Mon Aug 27, and Meditation Park (2017) on Sat Sept 1 – that you definitely won’t want to miss!
Vancouver Biennale‘s CineFest LIVE: Pioneers in Cinema series from July 30-Sept 3, every Monday starting at 8:30pm in Leg-In-Boot Square, along the Granville Island seawall. VAFF will be partnering with two of these screenings on August 13 and 27, which will feature important favorites Finding Kukan (2016) and Tyrus (2017) that have previously screened at our Festival!
Following those screenings, VAFF partners with Chinatown Today to host the Chinatown Movie Night featuring official VIFF 2017 selection Meditation Park, as part of an outdoor evening of festivities with the participation of Youth Collaborative for Chinatown and Chinatown Summer Events, Saturday Sep 1, 6pm-10pm in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Plaza in Chinatown (Between the CCC and the Sun Yat-Sen Park).
A filmmaker turns detective to uncover the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, an Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades.
To art lovers, Tyrus Wong was a renowned painter who once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse. To film buffs, he’s the visual genius behind such classic films as Bambi and Rebel Without a Cause. To Southern California beach-goers, he’s the innovative kite designer whose colorful creations fill the sky. Tyrus is Pamela Tom’s tour-de-force documentary about the 105-year-old Guangzhou-born, L.A. based visual artist, his breathtaking scope of work across multiple artistic mediums, and his personal journey navigating racial bigotry in 20th century America.
Saturday, September 1, 2018, 8:30pm in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Courtyard
Meditation Park (2017), 79min, PG
Directed by Mina Shum
Part of Chinatown Movie Night with Chinatown Today – Mahjong tables by YCC, food booths, and performances begin 6pm!
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A dutiful wife and mother re-examines her veneration of her husband after she suspects her husband of infidelity. Canadian director Mina Shum (known best for Double Happiness and her piercing NFB documentary Ninth Floor) has crafted a textured and charismatic portrait of first- and second-generation immigrant life. The Vancouver-set Meditation Park stars [2018 Emmy Award Nominee] Sandra Oh, who long before she became a household name from the ER of Grey’s Anatomy, got her real start in Shum’s Double Happiness in 1994. Then and now, Oh is a fiercely measured actress with an intensity matched in this film by Tzi Ma (Arrival) playing her domineering dad. As good as these two are, Oh and Ma still take a backseat to the truly adorable and impossibly endearing Pei-Pei Cheng (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as matriarch Maria who, upon discovering her husband’s infidelity, peers at the edges of her tiny world and wonders what a life of caregiving has gotten her. (synopsis from globeandmail.com)